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Memory Tree light-up ceremonies planned

| Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 8:53 p.m.

The Westmoreland Hospital Memory Tree light-up ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in the hospital's main lobby in Greensburg. The Frick Hospital Memory Tree light-up ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in the hospital's main lobby in Mt. Pleasant. Honor or memorialize loved ones by purchasing lights for these holiday memory trees. All proceeds go to both Frick and Westmoreland hospitals to provide Automated External Defibrillation units in the hospitals and beyond.

Marty Savanick is again holding “Collections by Marty Cares” as a way of giving back to the community and supporting a local fire department. She has two sons who are firemen. At Savanick's Scottdale store, 10 percent of all sales on Nov. 24 and 25 will go solely to the Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department. Also on Nov. 25, from noon to 3 p.m., a fire truck will be parked across the street in the Standard Bank parking lot. Savanick encourages shoppers to bring their children to sit in the truck and see the equipment up close. Donations will be accepted.

Scottdale is proud and congratulates Sally Povlik on winning the 2012 National Hostess Title at the East Coast USA Pageant events.

Kid Stitch class is held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday every month at the Scottdale Public Library, 106 Spring St. (Please note, class day may change due to Thanksgiving holiday). Items that are made are given to children in need. For more information, call the library at 724-887-6140 or Caroline Bailey at 724-887-0952.

Mark your calendar for Dec. 1 when the Scottdale Public Library will hold the Bookworm, Book, Craft and Baked Goods Boutique. There are so many activities that will go on, come and see.

Also on Dec. 1, the Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas celebration for the community, “The Winter Light Celebration,” from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gazebo. Santa will be on hand for a visit and refreshments will be available. The Southmoreland High School choir and middle school band will provide entertainment. Also, there will be a gingerbread house contest; applications can be picked up at Fox's Pizza, the Scottdale library or Standard Bank.

Come join us for a afternoon of fun at the Inaugural YMCA Basket Bonanza Dec. 2 at the Regional Family YMCA of Laurel Highlands, Mt. Pleasant. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets will be pulled at 2:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and include 25 basket chances, a door prize chance, dessert table and refreshments. There will be loads of baskets to take chances on and also a special separate basket raffle and 50/50 drawing. Limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased at the YMCA front desk. For more information on how to sponsor the event by donating a theme basket or to purchase a ticket, call 724-547-9622.

On Sunday, dine at Applebee's and present your flyer that you received in your church bulletin to the waitress when you pay your bill and Jacobs Creek Area Faith in Action will receive a percentage of your bill. For more information, call 724-542-4117.

Have a taste for hardtack candy? Purchase it from St. Joseph Church, Everson. Order it by calling 724-529-2850 and ask for Ray, or 724-887-3718, ask for Jason. The church will also hold a Wigilia Christmas Eve dinner on Dec. 15. Tickets are available.

Today is Thanksgiving. I don't have the space in this article to express all the things I am thankful for. We take a lot of things for granted. Enjoy the day with your family, adopted family or friends and thank God for being able to participate in 2012 Thanksgiving Day.

I would like to thank Everson Borough for inviting me to be their keynote speaker at the 2 p.m. Veterans Day program. It was an honor to be asked. We need to thank all veterans each and every day for their bravery.

Patricia Walker is a Scottdale resident.

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